A rock concert on banks of Dal Lake after 6-year hiatus

Srinagar, June 12

The wait is finally over for the music lovers of Kashmir. Come June 21, the Valley will groove to rock music with Bollywood’s singing sensation Nikhil D’ Souza all set to perform at the Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre on the banks of the Dal lake here.

Nikhil has sung some hit songs for music directors Vishal Shekhar, Pritam, Amit Trivedi and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. The Valley last hosted a rock concert in 2008 when Pakistan’s popular Sufi rock music band ‘Junoon’ held an open-air concert on the Dal Lake banks. The concert registered a record presence of music enthusiasts, particularly youth. Pakistan’s famed rock and pop bands ‘Jal’ and ‘Noori’ were supposed to perform in Kashmir last year but could not due to security reasons.

However, this time around, LoudBeetle, event management company based in Srinagar, which is organising the event, is confident that the concert will be a success and draw big crowds.

“Nikhil is going to perform along with his fellow guitarist on a Saturday evening. This concert will be a big tourist attraction because the venue (Boulevard Road) is usually flooded with tourists at this time of the year. We hope to fill the music void in the Valley through this concert,” said Ahmer Khan, Chief Executive Officer of LoudBeetle.

With music concerts in Kashmir inviting criticism from conservatives, some local music groups last year cancelled their concerts and campus performances.

Security concerns have also prevented musicians from holding music events in recent past.

“We have had a full discourse with security officials on arrangements for the concert. There shouldn’t be any problems this time,” Khan said.

Now, music to echo

* Bollywood sensation Nikhil D’ Souza to perform on the banks of the Dal Lake on June 21

* The last rock concert in the Valley was held in 2008 by Pakistan’s Sufi rock band ‘Junoon’.

* LoudBeetle, company which is organising the event, is confident that the concert will be a success and draw big crowds.

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